Both the House and Senate, in close votes, approved the deal Gov. Dannel P. Malloy negotiated with state employee unions. As stated by CTMirror.org.:
"The deal Malloy struck with unions tries to keep annual costs from growing beyond $2.3 billion per year by shifting an estimated $14 billion to $21 billion in costs onto taxpayers between 2033 and 2047."
The House approved the deal by a 76-72 vote mostly along party lines, but the evenly divided Senate provided the most drama.
With the resignations of Sen. Robert Kane, R-Watertown, and Sen. Eric Coleman, D-Bloomfield, just before the legislative session began (Kane will become the Republican State Auditor, Coleman hopes to be appointed a judge), the Senate is evenly split, with 18 Democrats and 18 Republicans. The vote on the pension deal went strictly along party lines, which means Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman hadher first chance to cast a tie-breaking vote, which she did.
Republicans opposed the deal because it does nothing to reform state union pensions. So while the state avoids a huge "balloon payment" to the pension fund, the problems remain.
You can read a detailed explanation of why the pension deal is a "false solution" to the problem here.
And you can read about the drama at the Capitol on Wednesday at CTMirror.org.